Dates: February 21–May 4, 2020
Location: Asheville Art Museum (2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801)
A Telling Instinct: John James Audubon & Contemporary Art is curated by Associate Curator Cindy Buckner, with the assistance of Marilyn Laufer, director emerita of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. It includes prints by John James Audubon from the private collection of Bill & Peg Steiner, and recent works in diverse media by Bo Bartlett, Beth Cavener, Laurie Hogin, Adonna Khare, Anne Lemanski, Kate MacDowell, Mark Messersmith, Joel Sartore, and Tom Uttech.
The Birds of America: from Original Drawings, Vol. 4 of "Duke of Portland" set, March 21, 2019 – March 2020, NationaL Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
The museum displays volume four in the Duke of Portland set of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America: from Original Drawings. Featured in the Objects of Wonder: From the Collection of the National Museum of Natural History exhibition, Birds of America offers visitors a portal into the natural world through more than 100 life-size, hand-colored illustrations of North American birds. The volume is on loan from an anonymous lender and is on public view for one year during which the pages will be turned every Monday and Thursday to reveal different birds.
Exhibit: “Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic,” American Phiosophical Society, 105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, April 12 - December 29, 2019
Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic” at the American Philosophical Society traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-18th century through 1816 to investigate the way maps, as both artworks and practical tools, had political and social meaning. It features historical maps, surveying instruments, books, manuscripts, and other objects to show how maps were used to create and extend the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities in the Early Republic.
Mapping a Nation draws on the APS’s extensive Library and Museum holdings. Highlights of the exhibition include a 1757 copy of the John Mitchell map of the British Empire in North America, manuscript maps from the American Revolution, surveying instruments, the first map of Tennessee as a state, George Washington’s copy of the 1792 map of Washington, D.C., and maps from the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition along with the copper plates used to publish them.